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2024 Avian Flu Update

2024 Avian Flu Update In recent headlines, the threat of avian flu casts a shadow over U.S. dairy farms. Naturally, this has raised concerns about the safety of products originating from affected animals. However, health officials emphasize that the risk to public health remains low, assuring the stability and safety of the U.S. food supply. …

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World Migratory Bird Day 2024

World Migratory Bird Day 2024 Welcome to World Migratory Bird Day 2024! This year’s theme is “Protect Insects, Protect Birds.” Why Are Insects So Important?  Insects are the unsung heroes of the ecosystem. They provide an essential food source for migratory birds, who rely on them to fuel their long journeys. In fact, many bird…

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2024 Feeder Bird of the Year – Northern Cardinal

2024 Feeder Bird of the Year – Northern Cardinal After an exhilarating season of fierce competition, the Northern Cardinal has emerged as our 2024 WBFI Feeder Bird of the Year!  Known for its brilliant red plumage and captivating melodies, the Northern Cardinal holds a special place in the hearts of bird enthusiasts across the eastern…

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2024 Feeder Bird of the Year Competition

2024 Feeder Bird of the Year Competition Attention bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike! Brace yourselves for the electrifying return of the WBFI Feeder Bird of the Year tournament, where the stakes are high, and the competition is fierce.  Each matchup will feature two incredible feeder bird species vying for the prestigious title of the…

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Bird Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Bird Day National Bird Day, celebrated each year on January 5th, is the opportune moment to reflect on the wonders of our feathered friends and acknowledge the challenges they face in our rapidly changing world.   From the vibrant cardinals in your backyard to the pigeons gracefully navigating city parks,…

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The Harmony of Bird Feeding: Benefits for Birds and Humans

The Harmony of Bird Feeding: Benefits for Birds and Humans Ashley Dayer, an associate professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, is the lead author of a recent article published in People and Nature. This article emphasizes the benefits of bird feeding not only to birds but also to humans,…

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Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count!

Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count! As winter blankets the landscape, the WBFI invites you to embark on an exciting journey into the world of avian conservation. It’s that time of the year again – the Audubon Christmas Bird Count – a cherished tradition that unites tens of thousands of volunteers across the Americas in…

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AOS Announces Transformative Changes to English Bird Names

AOS Announces Transformative Changes to English Bird Names In a landmark announcement, the American Ornithological Society (AOS) has declared a paradigm shift in the nomenclature of English bird names. The move, driven by a commitment to inclusivity and a desire to engage a broader audience in bird conservation, will involve renaming 70–80 bird species primarily…

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Event Recap: Goldcrest Distributing 2023 Wild Bird Expo

Event Recap: Goldcrest Distributing 2023 Wild Bird Expo The Wild Bird Feeding Institute (WBFI) took flight to Mexico, MO for an unforgettable experience at Goldcrest Distributing’s Wild Bird Expo from October 10-12, 2023. As the event’s tagline promised, “We guarantee you’ll benefit from coming, as we’re dedicated to helping you be more successful!”  The event…

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2023 Winter Finch Forecast: Understanding Finch Movements and Bird Feeding

2023 Winter Finch Forecast: Understanding Finch Movements and Bird Feeding Every year, the wild bird feeding industry looks forward to the Finch Research Network (FiRN) Winter Finch Forecast to project finch movement, and therefore, where a boost in seed sales and products may take place. The Winter Finch Forecast for 2023-2024 presents a dynamic picture…

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